What's My Line?

Season 17 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 19, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Wernet's Dentu-Creme is the opening sponsor tonight.
      (2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 23rd surviving post-Kilgallen era kinescope of a live broadcast to leave intact the "live" wording on the intro.
      (3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This is Larry Blyden's second appearance as a guest panelist on "WML?" As with his first appearance, Arlene Francis (who, as in EPISODE #815, is introduced as "The delightful star of stage, screen and television") introduces him, as she would many times over the final three years of the 1968-1975 syndicated version after he took over the reins as host. It should be noted that in New York City, when Mr. Blyden became the syndicated "WML?" host effective with the 1972-1973 season, the program moved to WCBS-TV (Channel 2), after spending its first four years (with original syndicated host Wally Bruner, and on a very erratic schedule) on WOR-TV (Channel 9). That the New York flagship CBS station would air the syndicated show at that point was especially ironic, given that by then it was being taped at the studios of "another network," more specifically, NBC's Rockefeller Center studios. In any case, it had marked the first time WCBS aired the program in the New York market since the "classic CBS" version ended in 1967. But back to tonight's show: In addition, fellow guest panelist Suzy Knickerbocker's nameplate on the panel desk once again reads "Suzy," for the reasons originally given in the notes to EPISODE #804 of February 20, 1966: to keep her nameplate in the same size of type as the other panelists' (and host John Daly's), and thus keep it easier to read, rather than a lowering of the formality guard on the program, which wouldn't take place until the start of the daily syndicated version more than two years after this installment.
      (4) "SEE YOU IN THE PAPERS": In reference to the good nights to Suzy Knickerbocker, it should be noted that at the time of tonight's show, the merger of the New York Journal-American, the Herald Tribune, and the World-Telegram and Sun had not been fully consummated, and would not be finalized until August of 1966, with the first edition of the combined (and ultimately very short-lived) "World Journal Tribune" being published in September. The full details of the individual papers' final editions can be found in the notes to EPISODE #813 of April 24, 1966.
      (5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, Milton A. "Milt" Myers is credited as production supervisor, and on the January 5, 2008 airing, GSN ran the ending credits in full screen without the infamous "crunching."
      (6) Following the January 5, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the January 29, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Garry Moore, panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and magician Michel de la Vega as the celebrity guest. In the context of these two airings, the showing of tonight's "WML?" edition with Steve Allen as a contestant was a bit ironic, given his subsequently succeeding Mr. Moore as "IGAS" host in-between the particular 1962 "IGAS" and 1966 "WML?" episodes shown in 2008 by the cable and satellite channel. - W-B (2008)

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